Teresa Hanafin in Fast Forward in the Boston Globe:

Some interesting quotes for your reading pleasure:

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield to The Washington Post: “There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through. We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time.”

Trump at the daily [campaign rally] coronavirus briefing: “Dr. Robert Redfield was totally misquoted in the media on a statement about the fall season and the virus.”

Redfield: “I’m accurately quoted in The Washington Post.”

Trump: The coronavirus “may not come back at all. And if it does come back, it’s not going to come back … like it was. Also, we have much better containment now. Now, if we have pockets, a little pocket here or there, we’re going to have it put out. It goes out, and it’s going to go out fast. We’re going to be watching for it. But it’s also possible it doesn’t come back at all.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci of NIH: “We will have coronavirus in the fall. I am convinced of that because of the degree of transmissibility that it has, the global nature.”

So let’s hear from the leader of the free world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country has been hit hard by the epidemic yet has one of the lowest death rates around. Why?

— Early and widespread testing
— Exhaustive contact tracing
— A robust public health system with plenty of ICU beds
— The cooperation of German citizens who are putting societal good ahead of personal inconvenience and financial difficulties
— Trust in Merkel, a trained scientist (doctorate in quantum chemistry) who has communicated clearly, rationally, and calmly throughout the crisis, sending her approval ratings soaring.

Here’s what she said earlier today:

“Nobody likes to hear this, but it is the truth. We are not living through the final phase of this crisis; we are still at its beginning. We will still have to live with this virus for a long time.”

Kind of refreshing, no?